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Man given suspended jail sentence after breaching anti-social behaviour order in Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has thanked the public for its support in helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town after a man was given a suspended jail sentence for causing persistent trouble on a housing estate.

The council's tenancy services team, working in partnership with Norfolk Police's Safer Neighbourhoods officers, secured an anti-social behaviour injunction against Jason Knowles, 42, last October following multiple complaints about problems he was causing in the Louise Close area of Great Yarmouth.

He was accused of being persistently verbally abusive, threatening people and on one occasion physically assaulting a resident.

On January 8, Knowles, of no fixed abode, was arrested for breaching the injunction after being accused of assault at Louise Close. Knowles was apprehended close to the scene after running and hiding from police. He was arrested in a nearby courtyard with injuries to his hands and blood on his shirt.

Knowles appeared before Great Yarmouth Magistrates' Court on February 26 and admitted breaching the injunction. He was sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for the duration of the injunction, which remains in place until November 2, 2024. The injunction now additionally bans Knowles from Louise Close and the surrounding area.

Councillor Graham Plant, Great Yarmouth Borough Council's portfolio holder for Operational Property and Asset Management said: ''In order to build safer and stronger communities, the council works closely in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary using all available tools, including anti-social behaviour injunctions, in order to protect tenants who are negatively impacted by the behaviour of a small handful of people.

"As always, we would like to thank members of the community who report their experiences of anti-social behaviour because it helps the tenancy services team to achieve the necessary outcomes where repeated informal interventions with a focus on support have been exhausted and failed to achieve positive changes."

If you are affected by anti-social behaviour associated with a council property, please contact the tenancy services team on 01493 846839 or via email on

Last modified on 27 February 2024

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